Saturday, November 21, 2015

Ep 30: Talkin' Turkey

Welcome new listeners from the Shorty's Sutures and Libsyn Feed podcasts!  Welcome also to our listeners from outside the US (including Brazil, Mexico, Sweden, and Norway)!

Marsha and Kelly announce the winners in the Front Range Bags giveaway.  Thanks again to Nancy for offering one of her bags for a prize!  If you aren't the winner, don't despair.  She has generously offered a coupon code for 15% off to Two Ewes listeners!  Listen to the podcast or visit our Ravelry Group for details.  Then go shop for a Front Range Bag!

Marsha had quite a bit of knitting time while at the hospital with her son.  Ben had a bad bicycle accident, but is now doing much better.  While at the trauma center she made lots of progress on the Mark's Crazy Scarf out of Stonehedge Crazy (mill ends).
Mark's Crazy Scarf

She has also been working on the Stripe Study Shawl by Veera Valimaki.  She is using the yarn she created at Yarnia in Portland.  Despite all the knitting time, Marsha has no finished projects this time.

Kelly is still working on her Color Affection (also by Veera Valimaki).
Color Affection
She has used most of two skeins of the peacock blue, most of the large skein of spring green, and has just started on the second skein of brown yarn.  She made some modifications to the color pattern so that she could see more color interactions and use more yarn.  All that is left is a large band of solid brown at the bottom of the shawl, but it has become so large that each row takes soooooo loooooong.

During a Veteran's Day camping trip in The Clubhouse, Kelly also made progress on the Hippo (pattern by Heidi Bears).
Hippo with no head

Alas, not enough progress to be able to claim a finished project!  She also brought the drum carder so she could continue her fleece processing obsession.  The most recent batts are natural colored California Variegated Mutant blended with hand-dyed mohair locks.  Both are from very deep stash.
Adding mohair to the wool.
Some finished, some in fluff stage.

The Indie Designer Gift-Along starts on Thursday, November 19.  Over 5,000 independent designers have their patterns available for 25% off.  Knitters and crocheters who have purchased these patterns can participate in a 6-week Gift-Along between November 19 and December 31.  See the Indie Gift Along group on Ravelry to check out the pattern bundles and the GAL threads.
A few crochet patterns that Kelly is considering are:
Etheria cowl by Julia Trice
True Love shawl and Latticework Cardigan by Michele DuNaier
Geisha's Finest stole by Tanja Osswald

Both our CAL and the GAL end on New Year's Eve so there is definitely some double dipping potential here!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Ep 29: Motorcycle Nightmares, Wool, and Weaving

The Two Ewes continue to shine a spotlight on Front Range Bags by Nancy Totten.  
Nancy has generously offered a project bag from her shop to a lucky Two Ewes listener.  Kelly has one of her bags in SF Giants fabric and it's great!  High quality, nice and roomy, and lots of handy features. It was the perfect bag for the Crackerjack Cowl project during baseball season. To enter, take a look in the Front Range Bags shop and report back to the contest thread in the Ravelry group.  Tell us which bag you like best (exclusive of the custom orders) and let us know about your favorite features in the project bags you use. A winner will randomly selected during our podcast episode 30.  Thank you Nancy!  We appreciate the opportunity to spotlight your bags and your shop!

This week Marsha and Kelly record separately due to busy schedules.  Marsha has finished  her Crochet-Along project, the Virus Shawl.

Marsha also finished her son's Tricolor Socks made from her handspun from last winter.  He turned 18 earlier this month so she finished the socks for his birthday.

He bought himself a birthday present that is every mother's nightmare!  A motorcycle, which he is using to transport his bicycle!

Marsha is currently working on a scarf for her brother from the Stonehedge Fiber Mill Crazy that she bought in Portland.

 She is also using the yarn that she created at Yarnia in Portland.  She is making the Stripe Study Shawl by Vera Valimaki.

 Kelly has no finished projects and very little knit or crochet progress. The one project that got some time was the crochet hippo that she is making for our Crochet-Along.  She has been doing lots of fiber work, though.  She is spinning Wensleydale for her Aunt's vest.
  She is finally able to spin on the Salish Spinner and has been using it to spin a bulky yarn from the CVM fleece.

She is also carding a very old, gray fleece of medium weight from a sheep named Charlotte.

All of this fiber activity is a result of cleaning up and organizing her large fleece stash.

At the end of the episode we talk books!
Marsha reviews three books that she has added to her fiber reference library.  The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook and the Field Guide to Fleece, both by Carol Ekarius and Deborah Robson and Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece by Gail Callahan.  Marsha also talks about Adventures in Yarn Farming by Barbara Parry. 

Kelly reviews a book that was generously sent to her by Interweave/F+W.

Simple Woven Garments: 20+ Projects to Weave & Wear (Interweave/F+W; May 2015).  "This book is a pattern and idea book for creating uncomplicated woven shapes and turning them into highly wearable, everyday fashions."

This book is currently on sale for $17.34 at the Interweave Store.  The photo above shows the shrug that Kelly talks about in the episode.

Here are a couple of Kelly's favorite garment ideas in the book:

The authors are:

 Sara Goldenberg received her MFA in fibers from CSU in Fort Collins, Colorado. As a textile artist, Sara has shown her work in solo and group shows throughout the United States. Sara teaches weaving at colleges, conferences, and at her local weaving shop.

Jane Patrick is the former editor of Handwoven and vice president of sales for Schacht Spindle Company in Boulder, Colorado. She is the author of Time to Weave and The Weaver’s Idea Book and the coauthor of Woven Scarves, as well as the author of the videos Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom and Inkle Weaving from A to Z.